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American Masters (2013 Season) – Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll
Interviewees
Air date: 02/22/2013

American Masters Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll

 

Premieres nationally Friday, February 22 at 9 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings) in honor of Black History Month

 

Film Interviewees

(in alphabetical order)

 

Joe Boyd – record producer, tour manager of the 1964 American Folk, Blues and Gospel Caravan

 

Howard Carroll – member of the gospel group The Dixie Hummingbirds, which frequently toured with Sister Rosetta Tharpe

 

Pastor Robert Hargrove – Church of God in Christ, Philadelphia

 

Anthony Heilbut – gospel record producer and writer; Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s friend

 

Helen Henderson – Church of God in Christ, Philadelphia

 

Lottie Henry – member of Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s back-up vocal group, The Rosettes

 

George Klein – friend of Elvis Presley

 

Roxie Moore – lifelong friend of Sister Rosetta Tharpe

 

Gordon Stoker – member of the gospel group, The Jordanaires

 

Ira Tucker, Jr. – friend of Sister Rosetta Tharpe and son of The Dixie Hummingbirds’ Ira Tucker, Sr., who toured frequently with Tharpe

 

Gayle Wald – Sister Rosetta Tharpe biographer (Shout, Sister, Shout!: The Untold Story of

Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe)

 

Willa Ward – member of the gospel group, The Ward Singers